Tera Paulson – President
The Hankinson Public Library was founded by the Women’s Literacy Club in 1904. From 1904 until 1913 the library was housed in the public school building. From 1913 to March 1982, the library was located on the second floor of the City Hall building. On March 22, 1982, the library was moved with the help of the grade school children to its current main level location in City Hall.
In 1916 the library was operated with the help of the city council. They appropriated $5.00 per month for the librarian’s salary. Mrs. Kate Spottswood, wife of a local pioneer, served until 1925. Mrs. George Schuett then served from 1925 until 1962 when Mrs. Ann Roeder began as Librarian, a position she held until her retirement in the mid-1980s. In the years since Ann retired, Peggy Lammers, Marsha Hauser, Andrea Stein, Natalie Medenwald, Phyllis Johnson, Kathy Mojica, and Sara Gregor have held the title of librarian for the Hankinson Public Library.
The library is currently open four days per week and features a very successful program called Story Hour for children who will be attending kindergarten the following year. Story Hour was established in 1967 following the rejuvenation of the upstairs library. The children meet once per week during the school term. For eight weeks during the summer, the library hosts a reading program for children ages four through twelve. The library has a book club for adults on Wednesday mornings. Donuts and Dialogue is a book share, you read the book you want and then tell the other members about it. It is a good way to learn about other books and authors you may not have thought to read.